How illness has previously affected South Yorkshire

The illness outbreak at Sheffield’s Intake Primary School has provided another reminder of the impact sickness bugs can have.

Forty per cent of the school’s students were absent from the school this morning.

The bug is understood to be similar to the Norovirus sickness bug.

Norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug is highly contagious and the most common cause of diarrhoea and vomiting in the UK.

In 2015 Doncaster’s Bentley High Street Primary School was closed for two days when 60 children fell ill with the virus.

Elsewhere in the UK, 400 school children were sent home from Claremont Primary and Nursery School in Carrington, Nottingham in March when 80 pupils and three members of staff were made ill.

Earlier this year, an increase in cases in Sheffield resulted in some local hospitals reducing the number of available beds, to reduce the spread of infection.

Nurses across Sheffield were also taken off regular duties as a spike in Norovirus put pressure on city hospitals.

City hospitals were experiencing four times as many cases of the vomiting bug, compared with the same stage the year before.

The advice from the NHS if you get a sickness bug such as Norovirus is to drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest and for adults, take anti-diarrhoea medication.

They advise that anybody who has had the illness should stay off work, or school for 48 hours after symptoms have cleared, and to wash your hands regularly to prevent it being transmitted.